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Race matters in efforts to curb gun violence

Group seeks to ‘reframe’ the debate to address racial disparities
 
By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer

 

Leroy Duncan is an organizer with Protect Minnesota, a group of advocates, community leaders, activists and organizers committed to finding solutions to gun violence. Duncan says it is time for the gun violence debate to be reframed as a social justice issue. “Reframing gun violence as a racial justice issue is essential to solving issues of gun violence,” said Duncan. “Race has historically played a massive role in gun rights in this country. Slavery prohibited gun ownership for Black people, as well as the right to education and the right to vote.”

Citing the Emancipation Proclamation and the Black Codes passed in the South after the Civil War, which Duncan explained “prohibited freed slaves from owning firearms,” he maintains that “All the way back to slavery, this issue has mattered” and that “Moving forward, it’s only continued to matter.”

It matters, Duncan says, in the sense that “We’re seeing outrageous numbers of homicides. Continue Reading →

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Proposed St. Cloud Islamic Center arouses racial tensions

By Luke Tripp

Guest Commentator

 

The City of St. Cloud is unfriendly to people of color. It is located in Minnesota’s sixth congressional district, which is represented by Michele Bachman, one of the prominent leaders of the Tea Party movement. As an elected politician, her views (which are extremely hostile to the interests of people of color) largely reflect those of a large segment of her constituents in St. Cloud. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota griot honored by Turning Point

Mahmoud El-Kati talks about race and democracy
 
By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

Mahmoud El-Kati. Mention the name and you’ve said it all: icon historian, scholar and griot. And he can talk your ear off. That’s okay. When he’s finished, just put it back on. Continue Reading →

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Spielberg’s Lincoln begs the question: Where is Fred?

 

 

By Marc Morial

Guest Commentator

 

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.” — Frederick Douglass. No doubt many of you will take the opportunity during the holiday break to see the movie Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s much-acclaimed dramatization of Abraham Lincoln’s determined and ultimately successful 1865 fight for the passage of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery. I came away from the movie impressed with its gripping depiction of the legislative maneuvering and horse-trading that Lincoln employed to win passage of the amendment. However, I am concerned that the movie leaves the false impression that the fight to end slavery was waged solely by White men in Washington and White (as well as a few Black) soldiers on the battlefield. Continue Reading →

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Freedom Rider shares his story with Minnesotans

 
Ernest Patton, Jr. tells untold story of Nashville’s importance to Civil Rights Movement

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Nashville, Tennessee is more known for its country music roots, but the city also has strong roots in the Civil Rights Movement, says civil rights activist Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr. The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas’ Tolerance Minnesota sponsored Patton’s October 11-12 visit, where he met with local high school students as well as college students at St. Cloud State University. Patton always wanted to be in music, and his initial goals included teaching music in school. His teaching plans were put on hiatus after he became involved in the Nashville movement in 1961 that led to the eventual integration of the city’s downtown lunch counters. He was featured in Freedom Riders, a PBS documentary based on the book of the same name. Continue Reading →

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Scholars discuss Emancipation Proclamation at University of Minnesota

 

Dr. John Wright, Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Professor of Afro-American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota, presented his perspective on the preliminary release of the Emancipation Proclamation (1862) and President Lincoln’s strategy as the Civil War was ending. Dr. Wright’s segment of the discussion was presented to an audience of over 115 people from the community at the Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center’s “Preliminary Issuing” Salon Discussion with panelists Dr. Bill Green, Dr. Wright, and Professor Peter Rachleff on September 22, 2012 at the Sabathani Community Center. Professor Peter Rachleff, who conducts research in U.S. labor, immigration and African American history at Hamline University, engaged the audience with historical facts about the Civil War, Lincoln, and how the Emancipation Proclamation affects our lives today. MAAM will present other salons and events in connection with the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fragments of the Ark: Civil War saga tells of Black soldiers and survivors

 

 

Gifted novelist Louise Meriweather followed Daddy Was a Number Runner with Fragments of the Ark (Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster) a fascinating work of “faction” — well-crafted, fictional characters in an exciting tale steeped in a setting of historic fact. It’s something of, as it were, a blast from the past, having been published in 1994. Nonetheless, this is fluid, image-rich writing, capturing the African American aesthetic with strength and an expert grasp of Black culture circa the Civil War. A perfect companion for idle hours, the book is an irresistible page-turner. In late fall 1861, true to the war’s timeline, the Union Army — outmaneuvered and outmanned — is catching hell from the Confederacy, which, aided by the British, are not far from completely turning the tide inexorably toward triumph. Continue Reading →

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